Every year in Australia, the BMW GS Safari Enduro treats riders to an experience that they will remember for a lifetime. Aimed at skilled motorcyclists, this is more than just an off-road ride, as the ‘Enduro’ designation separates it from the usual GS Safari. Always engaging and at times testing, this year’s edition kicked off at Bourke, New South Wales and took 110 riders on an incredible adventure following the Darling River from its headwaters, down to its confluence with the Murray River.Riders were taken to the heart of Australia’s agricultural past to experience the ultimate outback adventure, and this ‘Darling-Murray River run’ provided all participants with a lifetime of friendships and memories.In true Safari style, they were faced with challenging terrains, open plains and an abundance of wildlife. Riders first travelled north towards the famous border track, following the Murray River to Victor Harbor in South Australia. The ride was a scenic run, criss-crossing the Murray all the way to its mouth, where participants were able to smell the salt air and see the Murray flowing into the ocean after six days of dusty outback ridingOne of the highlights for many riders was camping at incredible riverside stations, sitting around the fire and hearing stories of the amazing history of the remote areas. Camping allowed participants to travel to remote destinations and explore tracks less travelled. The catering was popular and being fed like a king was the perfect way to end each day. Participants were even treated to comfy beds and a beer at the pub in the bigger inland cities of Mildura and Renmark.Riders were pushed to their limits, with days four and five being the most challenging tracks ever offered at a BMW GS Safari Enduro. The epic sand sections tested rider’s technical abilities and off-road endurance. The buzz at Renmark was unforgettable as riders celebrated the hard day’s riding on their trusty GS motorcycles.Day five to Swan Reach was a memorable ride, as the open terrain echoed an African landscape. In fact, riding through the Danggali Conservation Reserve, an elephant or giraffe wouldn’t have looked out of place. The remote ride looped north with close to 300km of nothing before joining back up with the small town of Morgan, where riders were grateful for a fuel and food stop before the final night’s camp on the side of the river at Swan Reach.The final day was a great scenic tour into the Adelaide ranges with an option to see the mouth of the Murray before wrapping up at Victor Harbor after an amazing week of riding in some truly incredible country. While the GS Safari Enduro focused on riding ability, a lot of the time the adventure was about the places and the people.As usual, the farewell get together was a mix of excitement and sadness that it was all over. But for some, they still had thousands of kilometres to ride back to their home bases. As with most GS riders, this was an opportunity to continue the adventure by exploring more of what this country has to offer.One of the great things about the BMW Safari is that it brings such a wide mix of people together. This year’s GS Safari Enduro included four father and son teams, riders from across the globe and an age bracket of 17 to 73-years-old.The BMW GS Safari Enduro is a place where riders can escape the daily grind, enjoy the freedom of travelling by bike and ‘make life a ride’ with a great support network. The next BMW GS Safari is in November, with participants welcome from across the globe.
July 2015 | © BMW Motorrad
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